Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Blogging Goals & Updates

I actually have been wanting to do this for a while, share my blogging goals and some totals with you.  Truthfully I didn't get the idea from myself, I saw Courtney over at Eat Pray Run DC doing it.  I don't like to copy other bloggers, but I really liked her idea of sharing.  She actually said she is okay with me kind of copying to share the numbers too.  I just wanted to put that out there:)

August was actually my worst monthly blogging stats (page views) in two years. Which was not surprising since I have cut down on posts and actually had my fewest posts month in a long time too.

Income earned: $203.52 for social media ad campaigns.  I didn't do any blog campaigns this month, I took summer off for these since I couldn't spend the time.

Twitter: I finally broke the 6,000 Twitter follower mark, I thought that was a cool milestone as I wasn't even working on growing in last month.

Instagram: Has turned into my hardest area to grow in, and what I am finding is the most important right now for advertisers.  About mid month I started working on it, and I finally hit 1,300.

GOALS FOR SEPTEMBER

Instagram: I am trying really hard to get this to grow and I am working on a few projects to help in this.  My goal is to hit 1,600 followers by month end.

Twitter: since it's growing at a slow but steady pace on its own I am going to put a little effort into it, and see if I can't hit 6,500 by month end.

I would like to have an ad campaign goal of $150.  I haven't been working on any blog campaigns, so I don't want to set goals for those because obviously they take time to organize.

I hope to make this a first Monday of the month routine and share my goals vs. my actual each month going forward.  Especially if my followers who are also bloggers find this kind of stuff interesting.

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WORK INJURY - 2 years 8 months and fingers crossed not much more, but knowing me it might be!  If you are interested in reading about how this all started years ago, you can HERE. I don't want to keep going into the details and bore those of you who have been hearing about it for so long.

I am going to give a quick synopsis of what has recently been going on, and why I am more than a little bummed lately.

* About 2 weeks ago, something happened and it led to the point where I couldn't even walk. (No idea what brought on the onset of this flare up.  But lets just say the pain was close to or maybe worse than it was when the original injury was at its worst.  It brought me to tears, the pain was so intense.

* I could walk in a 3 inch heel, a little.  But I couldn't even put my foot flat on the ground without feeling like my Achilles was tearing apart.  If I took a step my foot/leg would give out from the pai and I would almost fall, because it was so much pain.

* A week ago Tuesday I visited a new Doctor, only a new one because the one I usually go to had a two month waiting list, and I wanted help now asap.  (I did my research and found a good one, who is also a runner.)

* We did an X-ray and Ultra Sound, which I assumed wouldn't show anything.  All they showed was a perfectly healthy tendon, at least as far as no serious damage.
Despite the fact that my ankle at the time was swollen double in size, you just gotta love life and how it works sometimes:)

* He ordered me to go get an MRI, he also thinks both my calves are really super tight right now, like crazy tight (I agree).  After going over my past medical history, he agree's there are really only 2 options.
One is surgery to cut the tendon to give it a little help to stretch out.  The other is a pretty invasive PT set of sessions that will eventually over time stretch out my tendon and calf.  But there is high risk to both of those.  (The PT could actually rupture the tendon completely if anything goes wrong.)

* He also prescribed me a highly effective steroid, and some anti inflammatory creams that absorb right through the skin. (Which let's just say worked so well, I noticed results only after the first 24 hours.)

* I was put back in the boot for nights, and most of the day for at least 2 weeks.

* The rest of last week went pretty good.  I followed Dr. orders, and followed a few of my own gut instincts.  To skip the heal/not healed part.
Let's just say, as of today things are fairly good, similar to what I hoped.  The swelling has gone down considerably, there is very little left.
The pain, has subsided for the most part.
My tendon is still quite tight, but it actually has a little give in it, I can walk carefully and slowly in 1-2 inch heel lift shoes.
Although I don't dare walk too much, I can at least get around now.  I am beyond terrified of hurting it more right now, so I am being even more cautious than normal.

I went ahead and cancelled the MRI and my Dr. Appt for today.  I think it would be a waste of money.  I am going to let things continue to heal, and then I will begin the original PT program I have already been through.
Once I can walk again, and the tendon is strengthened, which if my guess will be correct I should know in about 3-4 weeks how that all goes. I will meet with the specialist again in a few weeks, unless things take a turn for the worse.
At that time, I am going to proceed with the risky but non surgical option first, which is a very invasive PT program.
Then we shall see what happens.

I have no idea what the rest of the year has for me.  Cardio is mostly out right now at least for the near future, as walking/swimming/bike hurt things too much to do.  So I am really going to have to be diligent and careful with eating, so I don't gain even more weight than I already have.

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Truthfully, the hardest part of all of this is one thing.  Previously to all this, training had been going good.  I even had that 23 mile step day and I actually had started believing my body was ready for marathon training.  I even got so excited I even went online and picked out two races, to consider, one I was leaning toward for late November of this year, the other was early December.  I actually got my heart actually believing one was going to happen, boy it hurt to know it's now completely out of the question.
It was one thing 2 years ago to have to cancel the 19 marathons I had planned when I got the original work injury.  But for some reason, this hurt even worse because I have gone so long, and had come so far only to go right back to what feels like square one.  Sometimes my life can be extremely frustrating, to say the least!
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I wish I had some fun stuff to report, but lets face it when you can't walk much, you can't really do much.

I tried SWIMMING a week ago Monday, but my foot is so bad that just the pressure of the water as I kicked was so intense on the foot I couldn't stand more than a few seconds of it, so I stopped.


PURPLE HAIR
I got really bored not being able to get out and do anything.  So ya I colored my hair tips purple, LOL
Then of course, who could stop there, and I colored a front section as well.
It was all supposed to be temporary and wash out after a few days to a week, but so far it doesn't seem to be haha..  That's okay, I have always wanted purple/brown hair layers and ya now I have them.  I am going to enjoy it while it lasts, I mean it' only hair right:)
Don't laugh, I really like the purple, even at it's most dramatic, apparently purple is one of those colors in my skin pallet that go fairly well together, LOL LOL LOL


I have had a few woe is me moments this week.  But by mid week, I realized everything comes down to attitude so I can't let this set back get me either.  So all things considered, I know I will get past all of this eventually.
I may continue to get frustrated, I am only human.  But I am re evaluating my goals, and although I am not giving up on them.  I am pushing a few to the back burner and I am going to make new ones.
I'm also refocusing a few things in my life, planning a few things out and creating lists to get through some well needed projects that need taken care of.
Hopefully, this will help keep my mind positive and focused on other things instead of dwelling on the what sometimes feels like the never ending work injury.

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34 comments :

  1. Ooh sorry to hear that swimming bothered your foot. That really saves me when my foot hurts. Does cycling bother your foot? I am going to focus on IG and twitter too. I've kind of given up on FB

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    1. Cycling does bother it now, but possibly things will change as it mends and that may be an option in the coming weeks.
      FB used to be such a great asset but its changed so much I find its not really worth the effort. IG and Twitter for me seem to be the biggest return in my time investment right now.

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  2. I haven't even checked our blog stats for august but I bet they are plummeting too since we were not on a consistent schedule. I have a feeling we will be like that for a while.

    O man I feel for you on the whole ankle/foot thing. If it's not one thing it's another, right? Here's hoping it only takes a few weeks to heal again.

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    1. My numbers were really terrible but expected for August, its that whole you get what you put into it and I took a lot of time off.
      Thanks, Ya it would be nice if it only took a few weeks!

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  3. My calves were really tight in college and I needed to do daily stretching. It hurt but it needed to be done.

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    1. Ya tight calves can bring on added injury and I totally get the "needed to be done" I am not sure what has caused mine to tighten so much, but I expect since they are they might be part of the reason things are so bad right now.

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  4. I'm glad the injury is getting better. That flare up sounds like horrible pain :( And I love the purple hair! It looks really cool.

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    1. Its been painful and a bit too discouraging!
      Thanks, I like it too, not many I know did but ya only live once right lol

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  5. I took more than a week off from blogging in August, so I'm not shocked to see that my August stats were down. Hopefully they'll go back up this month with me not traveling and with more time to devote to my blogging.

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    1. Oh I am sure they will. Summer can do that to ya because we all have lives and like to play. I let blogging take a backburner to my summer fun too:)

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  6. I always say I give kudos for everyone brave enough to dye their hair these bold colors - it always looks so good.

    So sorry about the tendon flare. I feel ya girl. My bicep tendon is on FIRE again with all sorts of pain. It's so frustrating & miserable. Hang in there.

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    1. Thanks, I liked the bold purple too:)
      So sorry to hear about your bicept tendon, hope you can get that calmed down soon!!!

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  7. Tendon drama :( I will post an update on my foot drama tomorrow as well. Now the purple hair is something worth talking about! I say go big o go home!!! :) Hope you are feeling better and I like the sharing of the goals! I am new to IG so I am enjoying growing there too, I hate FB, no fun!

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    1. LOL, yeah I guess you could say I did go big, LOL
      FB is a tough one, but I do love IG, its a lot of fun and far less time consuming!

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  8. Oh Kristy :(. I'm so sorry to hear about your injury giving you problems. You've been so patient and it had to be heartbreaking to feel like you're back where you started. I have to say, not many people can pull that purple off, but you look great with it!! And please share any of your remedies you come across for tight calves other than the typical calf stretch, story of my life haha. Have a great rest of your week!! :)

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    1. I can't lie this one has been rough to get through, but I am doing a little better now so I won't give up hope that eventually it will be healed!
      Thanks on the purple, I don't know why I liked it so much but I did, LOL
      Oh, I definitely will, I have no idea what they do for tight calves like this but we shall see!

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  9. I am bummed to hear your injury is acting up again. I hope with the new doc and PT sessions, you will find some much needed, long overdo, relief and HEALING. Kudos for keeping your outlook positive. I know it's hard.

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    1. Thanks, I hope so too although I am probably going to go back to the other Dr there is just more experience there and he works with Olympic athletes and for some reason I have a bit more trust there:)

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  10. So sorry about the pain you're dealing with. I hope things improve and that someday soon you're signing up for races again.

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    1. Thanks Tina, I am really hoping for that too!!!

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  11. I have such conflicting emotions! I love the first part of this post - yay for sharing!!! And the hair - love it. Hate to read about your setback. But you have the right attitude. I'm gonna say an extra prayer tonight for you, lady! xx

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    1. Thanks Courtney, and thanks for the idea!!!
      Your so sweet, thank you!

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  12. I think in general, there's always a dip in the summer for views and all that goodness. Major congrats on your Twitter followers! :]!

    I hope things continue to go smoothly and that you recover soon! <3 Super glad to hear that your new doctor is still awesome! <3

    I like your new hair! :]

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    1. Thanks Farrah!
      Yes the new Dr is great, but I think I will probably go back to my other Specialist, especially if Surgery is going to be needed, he works with so many proffesional athletes and olympians I just have a little more trust there, he's just hard to get into:)

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  13. I'm so sorry to hear about your continued tendon problems :( I can't imagine how frustrating it must be to have this type of pain sticking around. I wish there was a treatment that could heal it up fast!

    I loved seeing your blogging/social media numbers and your goals for the upcoming month. With your determination and can-do attitude I'm sure you will hit your goals!

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    1. Oh me too, I wish there was a quick easy treatment fix!
      I am glad you liked seeing them, if many do I will definitely keep posting them!

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  14. Sorry to hear more about your injury. Hope you recover quickly and PT goes well. Congrats on your twitter following! Hope you reach your blog goals for September!

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  15. It's fun to see what bloggers earn via social media. We have never wanted to monetize our blog, so we just enjoy seeing others do well with theirs. I feel so bad about your injury, especially since you were planning on a fall/winter marathon. Hopefully you will heal quickly and be back to training. Your hair story cracked me up. I usually buy running clothing when I am injured.

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    1. LOL, buying running clothes may have been the more logical choice than purple hair, oh well I kinda liked it!
      The injury setback was more than frustrating I am just glad I hadn't actually entered it just yet.

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  16. I like the purple :) It does look good on you and I have always liked when folks have dark tips around the back and bottom of their hair, it is just a cool look.
    I am sorry your injury is acting up in such a big way. That is terribly frustrating, especially when you have been so active doing all those step challenges, etc..I am glad the medicine is helping. It will heal in time and you will just have to be diligent about warming up and cooling down with lots of stretching to stay heathy. I hope you can recover and get to enjoy some hikes and walks. I know how you must miss running. Hang in there.

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    1. Thanks, I have always wanted to try the purple thing even if only just once, I have had a lot of fun with it!
      Thanks, yeah I am glad the meds are doing there thing. I am a little afraid of getting back into stretching, that is where I usually run into problems, but I will take it slow and easy and we will see how it goes! I definitely want to get in some more hiking before the fall is gone!

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  17. Oh no!!! So sorry to hear about this foot injury flaring back up! I know how disappointing that must be for you. Prayers for a speed recovery!! As for social media, I totally should have taken the summer off. My blogging took a hit this summer and was very sporadic and wasn't as quality as I would have liked. I would focus on Instagram. I have been working hard to increase my presence over there and it has become my favorite outlet! I've actually contemplated ditching the blog and just doing Instagram, but I'm not sure I'm ready to give up the blog. I can't stand Twitter to be honest. I find that to be my toughest platform!! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Thanks Sue!
      My blogging quality wasn't the best this summer either, sometimes I wish I had just not posted instead of trying to get something up quick, I really should have thought quality is better than getting something up, even if it was just once or maybe twice a week.
      Instagram is awesome, I seriously love it and definitely need to grow it!
      I've come across a lot of bloggers who left their blogs and are now just on social media, I think it's awesome, they seem to make it really work great too!
      Twitters tough, but I like it better than Facebook that is for sure!

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